Notre Dame Overcomes Slow Start to Beat Hoyas
from press release
|A goal from junior Westy Hopkins
put the Irish within one goal at halftime and Notre Dame won 10-8
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 4 Notre Dame men's lacrosse team overcame a slow start to defeat Big East rival Georgetown, 10-8, on Sunday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium. Senior attackman Sean Rogers paced the Fighting Irish offense with two goals and two assists.
Notre Dame (9-2, 3-1) fell behind 4-0 by the 6:46 mark of the first quarter, but responded with a 6-1 run to claim its first lead of the game in the early stages of the third quarter. The Fighting Irish defense allowed just three goals in the final 45:07 of the contest.
"Georgetown had four goals on four shots and I think that was a little bit of a breakdown by everybody," Notre Dame head coach Kevin Corrigan said. "I thought our guys really bounced back and competed after that. That was a disappointing circumstance to find yourself in, but you like to see your guys react with the fight that we did. From that point on we played really well."
Georgetown (5-7, 2-2) opened the game's scoring just over three minutes in on a man-up tally from Charles McCormick. Scores from Joe Bucci, Reilly O'Connor and Travis Comeau less than two minutes apart put the Hoyas up by four.
Rogers snapped the Georgetown surge with 5:52 left in the first period as he scored off a feed from Matt Kavanagh. A Tyler Kimball goal, which was assisted by Conor Doyle, sliced the Hoya lead to two (4-2) with just over two minutes left in the quarter. A goal from Comeau gave Georgetown a 5-2 by the end of the opening stanza.
Kavanagh, a freshman attackman, ignited a 4-0 Fighting Irish run with 4:44 left in the second quarter. A goal from junior attackman Westy Hopkins put the Irish within one (5-4) at halftime. Rogers tied the game just 15 seconds into the second half and a goal from Doyle 16 seconds later gave Notre Dame its first lead of the afternoon (6-5).
Comeau's third tally evened the game, 6-6, but the Irish responded with goals from Doyle and senior midfielder Ryan Foley to claim a two-goal edge (8-6) by the midway point of the third quarter. Hopkins and Rogers, respectively, had the assists on those two tallies.
Following a Hoya goal from McCormick, Rogers fed junior attackman John Scioscia, who put Notre Dame up 9-7 by the end of the third quarter.
Kavanagh deposited his second goal of the contest with exactly five minutes left to give the Irish their largest lead of the day (10-7). Georgetown's Zac Guy recorded the game's final score with 1:14 remaining.
Freshman Trevor Brosco was a key factor in the faceoff game as he took all 22 attempts for the Irish, winning 13. Brosco was 10-of-19 against Georgetown's Tyler Knarr, who entered the game ranked fourth nationally in faceoff winning percentage (.647).
"It was a gutty performance by Trevor Brosco," Corrigan said. "He competed like a champ all day and it was awesome to see. I'm really proud of him."
Notre Dame held a commanding 42-22 shot advantage for the game. Senior goalie John Kemp made four saves for the Irish to record his ninth victory of the season, while Jake Haley had 10 stops for the Hoyas.
The Irish have scored 10 or more goals in four straight games for the first time since the 2009 season when they produced double-digits in five consecutive contests.
The Fighting Irish return to action Saturday when they play host to conference foe Villanova. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m. (ET) at Arlotta Stadium and it will be broadcast live on ESPNU and WatchESPN.com.
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